What is a vision board?
A vision board is a visual representation of your goals, dreams, inspiration, and desires. It’s a tool to help you visualize what you want in life.
Usually, a vision board is a physical board, like a corkboard with printed images, but for these digital times I wanted to make an updated version of a vision board that you can take anywhere!
Since Pinterest is awesome and has hundreds of thousands of images to pin from, it seemed the perfect tool to use.
This stuff really works
When I was in high school, I created a picture that said "Senior Class of 2010". I was homeschooled at the time and about half a year "behind" compared to the normal school year, due to our RV travel lifestyle.
To graduate by the end of 2010 would mean that I would have to complete 2 years of school in one year. I had no idea how I was going to do this (and my parents definitely didn't see how it would happen), but every day I woke up and that sign was the first thing I saw.
In the next few months, I discovered the possibility of taking the GED exam. If I passed that one test, I would be done with high school forever! I made a deal with my parents that if I could skip my senior year, I would study completely for the SAT exam to get into college and take the GED to finish high school.
In December of 2010, I completed the GED exam and received my certificate in January. I was able to enjoy the next 7 months to study all kinds of awesome subjects that I'd always wanted to study, play shows, volunteer, and travel more before college.
When you focus on what you want, you'll start to notice things you didn't see before. You'll find a path to where you want to go. You don't have to know the "how" in the beginning, just focus on what you want. The how will follow.
So let's start making things happen!
Step 1: Make a list of what you want on your vision board
When you’re creating your list of items to include on your vision board, ask yourself these questions:
If you could be, do, or have anything, what would it be? Think of all areas of your life and get really specific.
What inspires you (places, books, songs, movies, favorite animals, etc)?
Who do you look up to (business owners, influential leaders, singers, actors)?
Step 2: Search for photos!
Here are some examples of what to look for on Pinterest:
Travel: Look for photos of the places you want to go. Do you want to spend time on the beach in Bali? Pin photos of the beach in Bali! Or maybe you want to go hiking in the Grand Canyon. See if you can find really beautiful photos that resonates with you.
Health: Search for the type of foods that you want to eat, the clothes you want to wear, or the exercises you want to do.
Career: Find photos of the type of job you want, the space you want to work in, or articles about your ideal job.
Family: Search for photos of families having fun together, activities to do together, or photos of family vacations.
Love: Look for photos of happy couples, date ideas, engagement photos, or wedding photos.
Friendship: Find photos of girl’s weekends, friendship quotes, or photos of friends having fun together.
Experiences: Search for the specific experiences that you would like to have. If you want to paddleboard on a lake, have a mermaid photoshoot, be a Disney princess, climb a mountain, jump out of a plane, or take hammock naps, put it in your board!
Role models: Find photos of your role models for all areas of your life. If you are a singer, look for photos of your favorite singer performing or showing personality. If you are a girl boss, look for photos of your favorite female CEOs.
What’s on my vision board
On my vision board, you will find photos of DisneyWorld, beautiful places around the world that I want to visit, and things I want to learn (like reiki, origami, salsa dancing, etc). You’ll also find people who inspire me, such as Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Hunter Hayes, Emma Watson, and more.
Then, you’ll see some of my future desires, like pictures of loving couples in wedding photos and adorable families on vacation. Other photos are just for fun, like photos of my favorite animals making silly faces.
The point is that you want to have photos that make you smile and get you excited for your future.
How to use your vision board
Set aside time every day to revisit your vision board. Spend 5-10 minutes looking through your photos and visualizing yourself having those experiences.
See yourself hanging out with your role models and learning from them. Visualize yourself visiting the places on your bucket list.
Really try to include your senses. For example, if you are on a beach, hear the waves rolling onto the sand, feel the sand beneath your fingers and the wind on your face, and smell the salt in the air.
Each photo will become a movie in your mind. You can create your movie however you want to. Have fun with this! Take your time to set up your visualizations in the beginning and over time, they will become easier to recall.
Then, whenever you have some free time (waiting in line at the doctor’s office, on a break at work, etc) you can recall some of your visualizations and feel the feeling of having it now.
Once you have these images in your mind, feel the emotion that you will feel when you really have it. Believe that it is yours.
If you can see it in your mind, you’ll see it in your life :)